After three scoreless — and shutdown — innings in a 9-4 victory against Nicholls State last week, Alden Cartwright is slated to get his first start of the season Tuesday when the LSU baseball team takes on Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium.
Cartwright relieved Austin Bain in the third inning against the Colonels, striking out three while his offense scored six runs during his appearance.
“It’s just starting the game off as a reliever,” Cartwright said. “I’ve done it several times throughout my career, and it’s just the same mindset. Go out there, get hitters out and try to get to the next guy with minimal damage. … As many innings as Coach needs me to throw or get hitters out, that’s the plan.”
Louisiana Tech counters with left-hander Tyler Clancy, who has wins against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas in two straight starts. He has a fastball that sits anywhere from 88 to 92 mph with a plus breaking ball.
“He’s pitched great baseball for them this year against ULL and Arkansas,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “That’s why I really want to get the game in: I want our guys to face him. I think it’ll be great preparation for conference play and give us a chance to face a quality pitcher. Our guys would love to embrace that challenge.”
Bryce Jordan, Reynolds out
Bryce Jordan, who rolled his ankle while colliding with a photographer in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against Fordham, is using crutches and is in a walking boot.
A second X-ray on Monday confirmed that nothing was broken, but Mainieri said the first baseman is out for the midweek games against Louisiana Tech and McNeese State and questionable for the weekend series against Ball State.
Mainieri said Greg Deichmann is likely to get most of the first base time in Jordan’s absence.
Reliever Russell Reynolds had some shoulder soreness, Mainieri said, and won’t be available for the midweek games. He is doubtful for the weekend series.
Mainieri was scheduled to speak with Louisiana Tech coach Greg Goff late Monday to formulate a more concrete plan for Tuesday’s game, which could be affected by inclement weather.
“They’re four hours away, and I hate for them to drive down and not play,” Mainieri said. “If we get a forecast later (Monday) that it’s going to start raining at noon and rain all day for the rest of the day, then it’d be silly for them to drive down. If it’s less than 50 percent chance, we’ll have them come down and hope for the best.
“I don’t think they’ll come down and if we get rained out come again another time. We have a tentative makeup date that we’ve talked about, but we obviously hope to play (Tuesday).”